Members of The Highland Council's Environment, Development and Infrastructure (EDI) Committee have approved an additional £2.185m for further remedial rock stabilisation works at the A890 Stromeferry bypass. They have also agreed the formation of a Cross Party Options Selection Group to consider the recommendation of the preferred long term solution for a bypass.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon will visit North America next week to strengthen trade and cultural links between Scotland and the USA and Canada. The visit comes as new figures show the USA remains Scotland's top export destination country, with an estimated £5.5 billion of exports in 2017 - up by 11.1% from the previous year.
Workers in their 30s are still feeling the scars of the post-crisis pay squeeze in their pay packets, with typical pay for this age group still 7 per cent below its pre-crisis peak, according to new analysis published today (Sunday) in the Resolution Foundation's latest Earnings Outlook. The Earnings Outlook shows that, following the unwelcome return of a pay squeeze in 2017, earnings growth started to recover in early 2018.
UK's tax relief bill has grown to £164bn - more than the country's entire health spend. The UK's tax relief bill has grown to a record £164bn in 2018-19 - underlining the need for greater scrutiny of these reliefs - the Resolution Foundation said in response to the latest annual HMRC tax statistics.
Home ownership rates rose across England (up 1 percentage point to 64 per cent), and even in London (up slightly to 48 per cent), last year (2017/18) - the Resolution Foundation said in response to the English Housing Survey headline report. Despite the uptick, ownership rates remain well below their 2003 peak of 71 per cent.
Highly skilled jobs will be created at Inverness Campus as part of a new project that uses artificial intelligence (AI). The joint venture led by digital health company CorporateHealth International (CHI) has been awarded a £1.3m grant from the UK's innovation agency - Innovate UK.
Employees from across the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) group were honoured at a national awards ceremony for their work in addressing gender imbalance and diversity in the nuclear industry. Phil Craig, former Managing Director of Dounreay, scooped the coveted ‘Ally of the Year' title at the Women in Nuclear (WiN) UK conference yesterday, for being a leading male advocate of gender balance and diversity.
The latest advancements in robotics and automation can make businesses more productive and efficient but do you know how to harness this technology? Are you confident that you won't miss out as others develop this competitive advantage? Find out from the experts how your business can stay one step ahead at Scotland's first ever showcase of automation and robotics, on 6th and 7th February 2019 at in Inverness. The free two-day event is designed to show how a range of industries, from manufacturing and engineering, to construction and timber can benefit from advances in robotics and automation to become more productive and efficient.
Alexis Evans, HIE's Graduate and Student Placements Co-ordinator, highlights the value of young people to business growth. While Scotland is home to many experienced and highly-skilled people, businesses also value the role of young people in achieving competitiveness, sustainable economic growth and community resilience.
About the Pitching Skills workshop Pitching Skills Workshop, part of the Entrepreneurial Academy series. 21st February 2019.
Visitor Economy Business Briefing - Are you China-ready? There are so many differences between Scottish and Chinese culture that you may feel that truly accommodating Chinese visitors is a daunting or expensive task. But, we've got you covered! Join us in Inverness or Forres in February to get your business ready for Chinese visitors.
Budget Leader Cllr Alister Mackinnon responded to the Scottish Government's revised budget settlement. He said: "Further to receiving detailed information yesterday evening, we now have a more accurate picture of what this means for Highland.
UNISON, the largest union in local government, have today informed COSLA that their members have overwhelmingly voted to accept the pay offer for local government workers. The move follows a consultative ballot of UNISON Scotland local government members in which 91% voted in favour of the deal and in record numbers.
Week Commening 27 January 2019 SpaceHub Sutherland: The SHS team were in Melness yesterday (Thursday 31 January 2019), continuing its series of engagement events with the local community. The drop-in event was in Melness Village Hall and had the additional benefit of personnel from Lockheed Martin being present to help answer questions on the project.
www.closethegap.org.uk Close the Gap, Scotland's national expert on women's labour market participation, launching the pilot of an innovative employer accreditation programme which will support employers to advance women's equality in the workplace, and prevent violence against women. The world-leading programme, Equally Safe at Work, will be piloted in seven councils across Scotland during 2019.
Now is a good time to look at the key changes affecting payroll for the 2019-20 tax year. Employers - what's new for 2019-20? Join this live webinar for an overview of ‘what's new' - including the new rates for National Insurance, National Living Wage/National Minimum Wage and statutory payments, changes to expenses and benefits and Student Loan deductions.
The board of NHS Highland unanimously gave the green light to the next stage of its multi-million pound redesign of services in Caithness at a meeting on Tuesday 29th January 2019. With the board endorsing the recommendations made by its Health and Social Care committee (HSCC) last week, the board will now seek the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport's approval prior to moving to start the business case process.
From when the Scottish Welfare Fund scheme began on 1 April 2013 until 30 September 2018, 316,095 individual households have received awards totalling £181.6 million. Scotland's Chief Statistician today released statistics on the Scottish Welfare Fund covering the period from 1 April 2013 to 30 September 2018.
Scotland's international exports (excluding oil and gas) increased by £1.9 billion to £32.4 billion in 2017, the highest annual growth rate (6.2%) since 2011. The rise, revealed in today's National Statistics Publication: Export Statistics Scotland (ESS) 2017, was driven by an increase in manufacturing exports, including food and drink, while exports of services also increased.
The Scottish economy grew by 0.2% during the third quarter of 2018, according to updated statistics announced today by Scotland's Chief Statistician. The quarterly growth rate has been revised down from the first estimate of 0.3% published on 19 December.